September 21, 2017
United States Threatened By North Korea Over Sony Leak Joint Investigation

As more details come to light regarding the recent controversial Sony email leak, North Korea spoke out this morning against the United States, threatening dire consequences for the lack of cooperation in a joint investigation into the matter.

The joint proposal made by North Korea fooled no one, as it was viewed as a typical ploy to attempt to show sincerity, while knowing full well that the U.S. would never agree to such a venture.

David Martin, CBS News' national security correspondent, reported that, according to law enforcement, North Korea carried out a massive cyber attack on Sony by stealing the login credentials of one of the company's computer system administrators.

After hackers logged in, they wiped out hard drives, stole personal data, and revealed embarrassing emails.

Just this morning, a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman proposed a joint investigation into the incident, alleging that his country had nothing at all to do with it, and blamed Washington for spreading unfounded rumors about North Korea.

Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency, or KCNA, released the statement.

"The U.S. should bear in mind that it will face serious consequences in case it rejects our proposal for joint investigation and presses for what it called countermeasures while finding fault with. We have a way to prove that we have nothing to do with the case without resorting to torture, as the CIA does."

At the same time, CBS News' senior national security analyst, Juan Zarate, told CBS This Morning: Saturday that the U.S. will have a hard time proving North Korea carried out the attacks.

"North Korea knows that, and they know we're going to have difficulty talking publicly about the proof behind why they were behind the attack," Zarate said.

It remains to be seen whether Washington can prove, publicly and without too much fallout, that North Korea carried out the Sony cyber attacks, and if it does, this will only worsen already tense relations between the two countries.